President Edgar Lungu says Zambia as a sovereign state has a right to decide who comes into the country.
President Lungu stressed that it is the preserve of the country to deny or allow entry any person of concern.
The President was commenting on the flamboyant Zimbabwean preacher Uebert Angel who was recently denied entry into the country.
He refuted assertions made in some sections of the media that Prophet Angel was deported.
He explained to Journalists on arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport last evening that the clergyman in question was not deported but was denied entry into the country.
“We did not deport him we just refused them entry, we have the right as a sovereign state to decide who comes and goes out of the country. That’s our preserve as a nation.” He said.
Mr. Lungu said its normal for a country to deny entry a person it does not want to host.
The President pointed out that Zambia has the right to protect and defend the values of the country.
He urged the aggrieved persons to follow the process by find out why they have been denied entry into the country rather than ranting.
President Edgar Lungu returned home from Malabo the capital city of Equatorial Guinea where he had gone to attend the fourth African Union (AU) C10 summit.
The Presidential challenger carrying the Head of state touched down Kenneth Kunda international airport at 23:00 hours local time.
He was received by Vice President Ingone Wina, cabinet ministers, service chiefs, senior government and party officials.
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu says Zambia stands to benefit greatly from reforms in the United Nations Security Council through enhanced peace, security and development.
President Lungu said decisions made at the United Nations affect Africa and that once Africa has permanent representation, the continent will be able to secure its interests and promote peace and development.
The Head of State said Zambia cannot exist in isolation from other African countries as she is interfaced with other nations in improving the welfare of African citizens.
ZANIS reports that the President said since he assumed office, he had been worried with the pace at which Africa’s drive for UN reforms was moving.
” Like I always say, peace in the region, on the continent is cardinal for development. So representation in the U.N. Security Council will help Africa a lot” said President Lungu
Mr Lungu said the steps taken at the summit wi?l help revitalise Africa’s push for permanent representation in the UN security council.
He expressed satisfaction at the improved attendance by heads of state at the summit and commended them for their resolve and determination to push Africa’s agenda for UN security council reforms.
The Head of State said he is optimistic that the AU summit set for July later this year will chart Africa’s prospects for enhanced UN security council involvement.
President Lungu said this shortly before departure for Lusaka at Malabo International Airport.
President Lungu was seen off by his host counterpart President Teodore Mbasogo, Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Lombe Chalwe and the Zambian delegation that attended the C10 summit in Malabo.